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20 Ways to Create a Healthy Faculty Environment

Posted on December 12, 2011

  When a classroom "works" it is a powerful place to be. While the students ultimately make these moments, talented educators need to set the stage for success. The same can be said of harmonious faculty and staff relations. A building full of talented people does not guarantee a comfortable place to grow as an educator. Here are 20 ways to cultivate a healthy faculty environment: Faculty Meetings 1. Time for kudos: Educators move from lesson to student to phone to meeting

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HP Hosts ‘Hackathon’ for Autism

Posted on December 12, 2011

Autism and technology In a crowded conference room on the Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) campus in Cupertino, a team of volunteer computer coders huddled around a big, white notepad, tossing out ideas for a touch-screen application that will teach an autistic child how to follow traffic signals and safely cross a street. A few steps away, a young woman with an autism disorder happily chatted with strangers by typing out words on an iPad. Just a few years ago, her mother said, Kayla Takeuchi, 20

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College, Independence Hurdles For Young Adults With Disabilities

Posted on December 12, 2011

Young adults with disabilities are less likely to participate in traditional rights of passage like going to college or living independently than their typically developing peers, drug unhealthy new research indicates. In the six years following high school, price just 55 percent of those with disabilities continued their education compared to 62 percent of those without special needs. Moreover, 36 percent said they lived alone, with a partner or roommate, as opposed to living with their

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Neuroscience and how we Learn

Posted on December 12, 2011

High-quality education research Thanks to advancements in sociology, psychology, and neuroscience, our knowledge of how people learn continues to expand. Since the 1990s, with the advent of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), scientists have been looking inside the brain in ways they never have before. New images of the brain coupled with research findings from brain-related research is changing how we think about learning and, therefore, how we think about teaching. Our brai

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Is SpongeBob SquarePants Bad for Children?

Posted on December 12, 2011

Recent viewers of “SpongeBob SquarePants” did worse on attention tests. Researchers report that 4-year-olds who had just watched the fast-paced fantasy cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants” — which follows the undersea adventures of a yellow sponge — did worse on tests of attention and problem-solving than young children who watched a slower-paced educational program or spent time drawing. “The children who watched the cartoon were operating at half the capacity compared to other chi

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‘Screen-Free’ Play Best for Toddlers’ Brains

Posted on November 11, 2011

Even 'educational' programming is less healthy than independent play, experts say Unstructured play is much better than TV or videos for encouraging brain development in infants and toddlers, a new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement says. Free play helps children under age 2 learn to think creatively, problem solve, and develop reasoning and motor skills at an early age. It also teaches them how to entertain themselves, the pediatric experts pointed out in an AAP news releas

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Want Children to “Pay Attention”? Make Their Brains Curious!

Posted on November 11, 2011

A few thousand years ago, in 360 B.C., Plato advised against force-feeding of facts to students. "Elements of instruction...should be presented to the mind in childhood; not, however, under any notion of forcing education. A freeman ought not to be a slave in the acquisition of knowledge of any kind. Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind." Children Are Paying Attention, Just Not to the Borin

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Down Syndrome Study Finds Families Are Happy

Posted on November 11, 2011

Having a child with Down syndrome may come as a surprise, drug buy but it’s a good experience, families are reporting in a trio of new surveys. Researchers surveyed more than 3,000 family members and people with the chromosomal disorder across the country for what’s believed to be one of the largest looks at life with Down syndrome. The findings, which will be published in three articles in the October issue of the American Journal of Medical Genetics, offer a rosy picture. The vast ma

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Andrews’ Story

Posted on October 10, 2011

Dear Directors and Educators, information pills Andrew: When Andrew was old enough to register for Kindergarten, order we didn’t actually plan to put him into a “regular school” environment. We were told by his preschool teachers that he wasn’t anywhere near ready for public school and, help frankly, we agreed with them. Andrew was born with Down Syndrome. He also has autism and is non-verbal. As a child he didn’t answer to his name, he wasn’t potty-trained, and he didn’t rea

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Five Simple Techniques to Incorporate Social and Emotional Learning

Posted on September 09, 2011

Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom Here are some commonly used SEL techniques which have the potential to become self-perpetuating due to their usefulness for teachers and the interest they invoke from students. Technique 1: Implement Regular Class Meetings Technique 2: Use Conflict Resolution to Teach Problem-Solving Skills Technique 3: Use Emotional Sandwiching Technique 4: Build Emotional Capital in Ourselves Technique 5: Build Emotional Capital in Our Kids Read more HERE>

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